asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many tickets are available for this year's trooping the colour; how they are being distributed; if he will list the bodies to which allocations are being made together with the number of tickets allocated in each case; how the current year's arrangements compare with those for previous years; and what is expected to be the total income from the sale of tickets.
Further to the reply which my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Armed Forces gave to the hon. Member for Stalybridge and Hyde (Mr. Pendry) on 25 January 1985 at columns 556 and 557, the distribution of tickets for the trooping the colour ceremony is arranged by the Brigade Major, HQ Household Division, Horse Guards. The list of bodies to which allocations have been made this year is:
|HM The Queen and the Royal Households||92|
|Houses of Parliament||300|
|Ministry of Defence and Service Establishments||1,734|
|Other Government Departments||923|
|Household Division and Regiments (including those participating in Parade)||1,714|
|Ambassador of the United States of America||12|
|St. John's Ambulance||6|
|Sheriffs of the City of London||4|
|Cavalry and Guards Clubs||4|
|Elder Brothers of Trinity House||2|
|Gordon Boys School||6|
|Contractor (stand erection and dismantling)||12|
|Army Benevolent Fund||14|
|Ulster Defence Regiment||12|
I am not able to list precise allocations for 1984 as such records are not maintained, but broadly speaking the arrangements for the allocation of tickets have not changed over the years, except that since 1984 special provision is now made for wheelchairs.
The total income from the sale of tickets based upon the revenue for the 1984 parade is expected to be in the region of £70,000. Normally about 1,500 tickets are available for sale to the general public.